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Stacey M. Soule, State Prosecuting Attorney

The Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney is the voice of the people of Texas before the Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest state court for appeals resulting from criminal cases.

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The State Prosecuting Attorney’s email for service purposes is information@spa.texas.gov

Since 1923, the State Prosecuting Attorney has been charged with representing the people of Texas before the Court of Criminal Appeals, the State's highest criminal court.  The office has assumed additional responsibility over the years, as changes and improvements have been made in the criminal justice system.  The duties of the office are set out by the Texas Legislature:

  • The State Prosecuting Attorney represents the state in all proceedings before the Court of Criminal Appeals.

  • The State Prosecuting Attorney may also represent the state in any stage of a criminal case before a state court of appeals if she considers it necessary for the interest of the state.

  • The State Prosecuting Attorney may assist a district or a county attorney in representing the state before a court of appeals if requested to do so by the district or county attorney.

  • The State Prosecuting Attorney may be assisted by a district or county attorney in representing the state before the Court of Criminal Appeals.

In carrying out these duties, the State Prosecuting Attorney and two assistant State Prosecuting Attorneys keep abreast of the latest criminal law issues and review the opinions from Texas appellate courts; submit petitions, briefs and oral argument in the cases of greatest importance to the State's criminal jurisprudence; and work closely with local district and county attorneys across the State on emerging criminal law issues.  Our goal is to provide the highest level of legal advice and counsel to prosecutors and the best possible representation to the citizens of Texas.

For more information about the duties of our office, please go to  our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Latest Pending PDR Case Summaries

Petition filed by SPA icondenotes a petition filed by SPA

STOCKER, JAMIN KIDRON

03/15/2023

1. “The court of appeals employed a heightened standard for probable cause, departing from the flexible standard required by law.” 2.  “The court of appeals applied inconsistent standards for prob...

FINLEY, TAYTON

03/08/2023

“If a witness testifies at a criminal trial while wearing a surgical mask that covers the witness’s nose and mouth, is a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to face-to-face confrontation denied?” ...

EX PARTE LUCAS VIEIRA

03/01/2023

“Was the indictment dated July 9, 2021 for an offense alleged to have occurred on July 7, 2019, returned within the two-year limitations period set forth in 12.02(a) of the Code of Criminal Procedu...

Latest Publications

Disclaimer: The legal authorities cited in these papers was current as of the date of their distribution or publication. Because the law is in a continuous state of change, attorneys should exercise due diligence by checking the currentness and completeness of governing legal authorities (i.e., Shepardizing and Keyciting) and applicable statewide and local rules of appellate procedure.

Model Brief on Hemp Versus Marijuana for PC

Conference / CLE
07/26/2022

Model Brief on Hemp Versus Marijuana Smell for Probable Cause to Search a Vehicle Following Texas Hemp Farmgrower's Act

Beyond Brief Writing Paper (Dawson Criminal Appeals 2022)

Conference / CLE
05/18/2022

Beyond Brief Writing: Breaking the mold of tedious, superficial briefing through strategic choices, charts and pictures, better issue-framing, and more.

Beyond Brief Writing PowerPoint (Dawson Criminal Appeals 2022)

Conference / CLE
05/18/2022

Beyond Brief Writing: Breaking the mold of tedious, superficial briefing through strategic choices, charts and pictures, better issue-framing, and more.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

P. O. Box 13046
Austin, Texas 78711-3046

Physical Address

209 W. 14th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone

(512) 463-1660

Fax

(512) 463-5724